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How do you support a community during a disaster, while encouraging residents to become active decision makers and coordinators in the local response? Josh and Andrew headed down to Wellington recently to find out!

Dan Neely and Renee Corlett from the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) join us on the show today to explain their Community Emergency Hub model and how they are engaging communities in exercises to prepare them for future disasters.

The team at WREMO are on a journey away from a culture focussed on response, to an emergency management environment where the importance of meaningful community engagement and preparedness activities is recognised.

They also share tips and strategies for other emergency managers about the barriers they overcame and how to navigate a significant cultural change.

Learn more about the Community Emergency Hubs here >

Dan Neely

Dan Neely is the Manager of Community Resilience at the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office in New Zealand.